We have come to the end of May, the month of the Rosary. This whole month we have been observing Mary and praying the Rosary individually, with families and at BEC level. During this month, we too have not forgotten to pray the Novena to St Joseph at the end of our Rosary prayer.
If we look back to the beginning of this month, some of us may have found our rosary beads collecting dust in forgotten junk drawers. Some, broken, may have been discarded. Others might be retained as good-luck charms, yet without fail we pray the Rosary daily throughout this month. Going to Mary and Joseph have helped us to grow in holiness and to allow the seed of faith to germinate within us and in our domestic church.
Earlier this month, we also celebrated Mother’s Day. We thanked all moms and did something to make them happy as we would like them to be always. It is good for children, no matter their age, to remember their mothers always. It’s good, first of all, because gratitude is the memory of the heart – a character trait that should be cultivated, beginning with gratitude to our very own mothers!
Our human moms gave us life – whereas Mary gave us Jesus! “Let it be to me according to your word,” was her reply to Angel Gabriel, and it was in that simple “Fiat” that we have every access to deepen our spiritual life. In turn, Jesus gave us Mary. “Behold, your mother!” – he told the beloved disciple, John, at the foot of his cross.
As Catholics, we raise our eyes with faith to behold Mary in the course of our earthly pilgrimage. We strive to increase in holiness. Mary helps all her children, wherever they may be and whatever their condition, to find in Christ – the way to the Father’s house. It’s always good to place our affection and trust on our blessed Mother.
As we Catholics know, the Rosary isn’t about worshiping Mary. It is actually about praying with Mary to Jesus who is our principal Mediator. It is asking the Mother of Christ to be our mother also. And we know this would please Jesus very much!
It is essential to pray with one another in our families. Praying and having a meal together, having a relaxing fun time together – are all great ways to build unity and love within and among families.
Glory to Jesus! Honour to Mary!